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Singing with a Sub | Sub Plans for the Elementary Music Classroom

This highly-rated packet includes substitute lesson plans for the elementary music classroom. They are ready-to-use lesson plans that can even be used by subs with  no musical experience. This packet includes sub plans for approximately two weeks – depending on the number of times you see your students each week.

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Singing with a Sub | Sub Plans for the Elementary Music Classroom

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Contents

13 Lesson Plans 3 for Kindergarten, 4 for First Grade, 4 for Second Grade, 5 for Third Grade, 4 for Fourth Grade, and 5 for Fifth Grade with each lesson plan stating objectives, materials needed, and national music standards that will be met.

Format: Lesson plans are delivered in PDF format and in an editable Word document.

Lesson Titles: “Apple Tree Stations,” “Be a Composer,” “Carnival of the Animals,” “Instrument Stations,” “Music Fortune Teller,” “My Favorite Piece of Music,” “Nutcracker Comparison,” “Speak, Sing, and Dance,” “Elephants and Lions,” “Jazz Fly,” “Star-Spangled Banner,” and “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”

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1st Grade · 2nd Grade · 3rd Grade · 4th Grade · Sheet Music

I’ve Got Peace Like a River | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

‘I’ve Got Peace Like a River’ is an African-American spiritual written during the slavery era. The hymn uses water as a simile to describe the peace, joy, and love that we can experience in with Jesus. The earliest know printing is 1975.

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I’ve Got Peace Like a River | Free Easy Piano Sheet

Lyrics for ‘I’ve Got Peace Like a River’

I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul

I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul
I’ve got love like an ocean
I’ve got love like an ocean

I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul

I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul
I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul
I’ve got peace, love and joy like a river
I’ve got peace, love and joy like a river
I’ve got peace, love and joy like a river in my soul
I’ve got peace, love and joy like a river
I’ve got peace, love and joy like a river in my soul

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Princess Color-by-Note Music Theory Worksheets (PDF)

Want to make learning note names and rhythms fun for you and your students?

These printable color-by-note and color-by-rhythm worksheets are great fun for music teachers and students. Students get to show their creative and artistic side while learning about clef notes, simple rhythms and rests.

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Princess Color-by-Note | Music Theory Worksheets

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Product Description

With this set of six professionally designed princess-themed worksheets, learning about note names and rhythms have never been this fun and colorful. Choose a space to color, identify the note or rhythm, reference the chart at the bottom of the page to find out which crayon you need, and start coloring.

Product Contents

4 Color-by-Note Worksheets (Emma, Olivia, Ava, and Isabella)
2 Color-by-Rhythm Worksheets (Sophia and Charlotte)
About Worksheets

Note to Teachers and Parents

The Emma and Olivia color-by-note worksheets and the Sophia color-by-rhythm worksheet is the best worksheets to use when teaching beginning students about notes and rhythms. These worksheets help students learn and drill treble clef notes B3-G4 and bass clef notes B2-G3, and drill simple rhythms and rests, including the whole note, half note, quarter note, whole rest, half rest, and quarter rest.

For advancing students, the first set of worksheets offers them the chance to review. They can then further develop their note name and rhythm recognition skills with the Ava and Isabella worksheets. The Ava and Isabella note name worksheets expand note reading drill to include treble clef notes A4-F5 and other assorted bass clef notes. The Charlotte rhythms and rests worksheet continues drilling the quarter note, half rest, and quarter rest, and adds the dotted half note, eighth note, and eighth rest.

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4th Grade · 5th Grade · 6th Grade · Homeschool

7 Easy Tips for Reading Guitar Chord Charts

You don’t need to learn to all the ins and outs of music notation to play the guitar, but you should learn to read guitar chord charts. A guitar chord chart, also known as a guitar chord diagram, is a visual representation of a chord. They show you which finger goes where and on what string to place them. Once you learn what the lines, number and circles mean guitar chord charts will be a breeze.

Here are 10 things you’ll need to know to start reading guitar chord charts.

Visualization

The grid you see on chord charts contains six vertical and five horizontal lines. They represent the guitar fretboard. If you’re are having trouble visualizing this, hold the guitar in front of you so that the strings are facing you. When you do you’ll see that the chart represents the same view that you now have of your guitar, with the strings running vertically and the frets running horizontally.

Vertical Lines

The vertical lines on the diagram represent the six strings on the guitar. The leftmost line represents the sixth string – the low E string. It’s the thickest one. It’s followed by A, D,G, and B. The thinnest string that’s furthest to the right is the high E string.

Horizontal Lines

The horizontal lines shown on the chart represent the metal frets on the guitar. The first row of boxes represent the first fret, the second row represents the second fret, and so on.

Chord Name

The letters placed above a diagram represent the chord. As a beginner, you will most likely be playing major and minor chords, without all the fancy chord extensions.

Black Dots

The dots on the chord chart shows which fret to press down on and which string to place your fingers on to play a certain chord. Sometimes numbers are added. These numbers correspond to the four fingers of your fretting hand. Fingers on your left hand are numbered from 1 to 4, with #1 being the index finger, #2 being the middle finger, #3 being the ring finger, and #4 being your pinky. A T indicates that your Thumb should be used.

X’s and O’s

An “X” above the bolded nut mark means that you shouldn’t pick or strum a certain string. An “O” means to play the string open.

Barre Symbol

Barre chords are chords that use only one finger to hold down multiple strings simultaneously – usually the index finger. The symbol for barre chords is a curved or solid line placed above the nut or running through a fret from the first note to the last note.

Ready to start expanding your knowledge of chords? Here’s a link to a great chord chart for beginners.

Beginner Guitar Chord Chart

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2nd Grade · 3rd Grade · 4th Grade · 5th Grade · Homeschool · Uncategorized

The Fundamentals of Piano Practice | 5 Piano Lesson Tips

Learn a musical instrument as an adult or as a young child may sometimes seem like a  daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be. Below are a few piano lesson tips to help you get started, and enjoy playing the piano every step of the way.

1. Set Clear Goals

Learning how to play the piano should begin with clear goals – goals that are tangible and easily achieved. Setting small goals, and achieving them, ensures that the desire to learn is not short-lived.

Some examples of goals that you can set as a beginner include practicing for at least 30 minutes a day, practicing a certain scale, or practicing a particular passage in your assigned music.

2. Practice the Fundamentals (Scales, Arpeggios and More)

Scales and arpeggios are a big part of the music we play, so it makes sense to spend some time learning them. Scales help us understand the key signature of the music, and are often included in the music. Some melodies also outline chords, making arpeggios an important thing to focus on too.

Every instrument also has a few fundamentals books, written by master teachers, that every one learns from. For the piano student, one of the best books is Hanon. This book provides the student with skill building exercises that are designed to strengthen each finger.

3. Practice Slowly

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, that the key to achieving world-class expertise in any skill is simply a matter of practicing the correct way for a total of 10,000 hours. However, it’s not just a matter of playing the notes correctly, it a matter of avoiding countless hours playing it incorrectly.

When you’re learning a new piece, begin by playing the piece very slow, making sure that all of the notes are correct and beautifully played. Have a goal of playing every passage perfectly every time. If you’re disciplined in this way you’ll make far better use of your time and soon be a world-class expert yourself!

4. Use a Metronome

Metronomes help musicians understand how fast the the composer intended the music to be played and how to play with a steady beat.

When you’re just starting out you’re own sense of steady beat is a reasonably good guide. By the time students reach jr. high school they should be practicing with a metronome every day. The daily discipline will strengthen their sense of steady beat, and make them a much better player.

5. Listen

Listening is learning. Students should listen to recordings of other players. Particularly recordings of the pieces that they are practicing, as it will help them add artistry to their own playing.

Listening also means listening to yourself play. Grab your cell phone or iPad and make a video of yourself playing your assigned lesson piece. When you play it back, listen to see if you are:

  1. Playing with a steady beat
  2. Playing the notes correctly
  3. Playing the dynamics

Congratulation on choosing to learn a musical instrument. If you keep these goals in mind you’ll soon be a great musician too!

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3rd Grade · 4th Grade · 5th Grade · Homeschool · Music Worksheets · Sheet Music

Jack Be Nimble | Free Mother Goose Beginner Guitar Sheet Music (TAB)

An English nursery rhyme by Mother Goose, Jack Be Nimble has been around since the mid-nineteenth century where the rhyme was first collected in a manuscript and then recorded by James Orchard Halliwell in his English Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales collection.

The song talks about Jack jumping over a candlestick. Due to the brevity of the lyrics, the rhyme cannot be furthered analyzed. However, there are at least three theories that explain its origin but the most likely explanation of the rhyme is the tradition of candle jumping as a way of divining the future.

The practice is said to be a sport and a form of fortune telling. Since the 1600s, jumping over candlesticks or “Candle-leaping” as they call it was quite popular at markets and fairs in England particularly in Buckinghamshire. It was believed that jumping over a lit candlestick without extinguishing the flame would bring good luck.

The song and some variations of it have been featured in various songs including Snoop Dogg’s “My Medicine” and Chubby Checker’s “Limbo Rock.”

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Jack Be Nimble | Free Mother Goose Beginner Guitar Sheet Music (TAB)

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Lyrics for ‘Jack Be Nimble’

Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over the candlestick.

Jack jump high,
Jack jump low,
Jack jumped over and burned his toe.

Alternate Lyrics for ‘Jack Be Nimble’

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick
Jack be nimble, Jack be spry
Jack jump over the apple pie
Jack be nimble, Jack jump high!
Jack fly up into the sky

Skipping skipping like a kite
Bouncing bouncing with delight
Every leap is leaping right

Jack is happy, Jack is spry
Jack be nimble, Jack jump high!
Jack fly up into the sky

Skipping skipping like a kite
Jack jump over the apple pie
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jump jump Jack jump!
Jack is happy, Jack is spry
Every leap is leaping right
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jump!

Jack be nimble, Jack be light
Way way up into the sky
Tumbles up and touches down
Landing like a butterfly
Jack be nimble, Jack jump high!

Jack fly up into the sky
Jump jump Jack jump!

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick
Jack be nimble, Jack be spry
Jack jump over the apple pie
Jack be nimble, Jack jump high!
Jack fly up into the sky

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick

Need help learning your rhythms?

Most beginning guitar students are still working learning the value of basic rhythms, so I’m including several links to helpful printable music theory worksheets, flashcards, and games. Learning rhythms will help your students feel confident, and learn the music they want to play far more quickly.

Carnegie Hall Park™ | Music Theory Board Game
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2nd Grade · 3rd Grade · 4th Grade · Homeschool · Sheet Music

Baa Baa, Black Sheep | Beginner Guitar Sheet Music (TAB & Notation)

Baa Baa Black Sheep, one of the most popular English nursery rhyme with pop culture and literature using it as a metaphor and allusion, is a nursery rhyme written in a trochaic meter to make it easy for younger children to master. It was first printed in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book and was published in 1744. Its next surviving printing was published in 1765 in Mother Goose’s Melody with a little revision made to the last line, which was written as, “But none for the little boy who cries in the lane.”

Several theories have been presented regarding the meaning behind Baa Baa Black Sheep. Among these theories was the one suggested by Katherine Elwes Thomas, which states that the song is a complaint against taxes levied on the Medieval English wool trade. Another theory suggests that it is about the slave trade in the southern United States. With no historical evidence presented that supports claims over political correctness, a book titled Understanding Children’s Play suggests an explanation behind the lyrics stating that the wool of the black sheep may have been prized more as it could be made into dark cloth without the use of dyes.

This sheet music is professionally arranged for the beginning piano student by the MakingMusicFun.net staff.  You’ll be able to preview and printed the arrangement instantly and use the digital recording for practicing. To make music lessons more affordable, MakingMusicFun.net features MMF Unlimited ($24.95 per year), a subscription plan that gives you unlimited access to their complete library of sheet music arrangements like this one, music flashcards, worksheets, and games. With hundred’s of resources for the elementary music students and teachers on this site, it’s a smart choice for parents of young musicians.

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Baa Baa, Black Sheep | Beginner Guitar Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Baa, Baa, Black Sheep’

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full!

One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.

Baa, baa, white sheep,
have you any wool?
yes sir, yes sir,
three needles full.

Need help learning your note names?

Many beginning guitar students are still learning their note names and rhythms, so I’m including links to music theory worksheets, games and flashcards that will help. You can print every resource on this list instantly, and several are free.

Color-by-Note | Free Note Name Worksheet Bundle (Treble Clef)
Flash Frog™ | Printable Music Flash Cards
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